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1 Environmental Management System Environmental Awareness for: Facility Operations

2 Topics of Interest … Hazardous materials spill prevention Hazardous and universal waste disposal Storm water quality management plans Air emission limitations

3 Preventing Uncontrolled Releases Spill Prevention Control and Counter Measures Plan Applies to Oil Storage > 1320 gallon Containers > 55 gal Applies to contractors, UT Facilities, and UT Auxiliary Enterprise employees Requirements Secondary containment Engineering controls e.g., automatic shutoff equipment Employee training UT employee must be present during filling operations Plan updated annually, and certified by PE every five years

4 Bulk Oil Storage Locations Diesel fuel oil OCB Chiller Courtyard 2000 gas AST MSB Loading Dock Entrance 6000 gal AST MSI 2000 gal AST New student housing pump room 300 gal AST DBB MDA Basement 300 gal AST HCPC 2000 gal UST UCT parking garage roof 500 gal day tank

5 Oil spills that have to be reported to the State or U.S. Coast Guard 30 TAC Chapter 327 > 25 gallons on land Amount sufficient to cause a sheen on a receiving water body Preventing Uncontrolled Releases

6 Emergency Procedures Contain the Spill Call UT Police ( ) & Safety (x5832) UT Police or Safety will notify Emergency Coordinator(s) Alan Lucas Bruce Brown Justin Jones Brian Drummond Emergency Coordinator will make the appropriate decisions regarding abatements and notifications to State or Federal Agencies

7 Past Events Tank failure DBB 250 gal fuel spill in MDA basement area Cause: Corrosion in tank, insufficient secondary containment

8 Past Events Leaking fill valve at MSB tank Approximately 20 gallons diesel resulted in a 1000 gallon mixture of oil & water for offsite disposal Positive Note – diesel was contained in the secondary containment – no environmental $2,500 mishap

9 Our next event ? What can you do to prevent a spill?

10 Hazardous Waste and Materials Contingency Plan Applies to Hazardous Waste Container Storage Areas CYF Basement Hazstore Bld in MSB Loading Dock DBB SPH B6 IMM 123 DAC 936 HW Reportable Quantity – 1 pound or 1 quart

11 Contingency plan for hazardous material stored on campus Applies to storage of greater than reportable quantity RQ amounts UTHSCH locations - Recreation Center Pool - chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) Reportable quantity – 100 pounds Hazardous Waste and Materials Contingency Plan

12 Hazardous Waste Disposal for Facilities and AE Related Wastes Fluorescent lamps & Ballast Batteries Hg thermostats Used oil Antifreeze Paint Chemicals/Solvents

13 Fluorescent Lamps Place in original containers or box provided by EPP When full, seal with tape Label Used lamps & record Date Place in collection area out of the elements Stack on pallets with each row in different directions Call waste line to request a pickup

14 Ballasts Place old ballasts in drums located through out UT-H maintenance rooms Call waste line when 3/4 full Ballasts sent offsite for recycling

15 Mercury Thermostats 40 CFR Place inside clear sealed plastic bag Label Universal Waste-Thermostats and date Call waste line for pick up.

16 Used Oil Used oil (motor oil, compressor oil, transmission fluid, etc.) Regulated under 40CFR part 279 Do not mix with other waste (solvents, cleaning agents, etc.) Collect in compatible containers When full call waste line for collection

17 Batteries Regulated as Universal Waste Lead-Acid batteries, Ni-Cd, and Lithium batteries eligible for recycling Household alkaline batteries are not recyclable through our current contract Collect in leakproof container (5 gallon container, etc.) or pallet Call waste line for pickup

18 Paint Waste / Paint Solvents Latex paints are generally not accepted by landfills All paints and associated paint thinners are bulked and shipped for recycling or donated for reuse Call waste line for Collection Remodeling Services – collect in 55 gallon drum at OCB annex

19 Solvents/Chemicals Collect in leakproof containers Do not store near ignition sources When full, call waste line for collection Solvents sent offsite for recycling or fuel blending

20 Hazardous Waste Line Voice mail system to request waste pick ups Pick ups are on Mon., Wed., and Fri. Messages checked ~7 a.m. on M, W, & F 1 - Radioactive waste 2 - Chemical waste 3 - Biological waste Leave message with waste type, amount, building and room number. Or …

21 KEY POINT Many facility related wastes are regulated ….do not throw any of these items in with the regular trash Please call the hazardous waste line at ext and leave a message for pickup

22 Storm Water Pollution Prevention Construction permits for site > 1 acre (OFPC) Storm water pollution prevention permit (SWPPP) Storm water quality management plans (SWQMP) and permits Required for connection to city utilities Applies to new or major modifications > 5 acres New student housing, BREF …. Municipal Separate Storm water permitting is not currently applicable

23 SWQMP The Storm water quality management plan (SWQMP) functions as a mitigation plan for the potential impacts of pollution to storm water discharges from the normal operating activities of a site or facility

24 SWQMP Components Non structural controls Litter control Landscaping Fertilizer and pesticide use Inlet stenciling Structural controls Detention basins – slows discharges to public storm sewer system Treatment device – Storm Trooper Model SWST-08C, catches sediment, grease, and liter

25 SWQMP Maintenance Regular mowing of detention basin, including removal of lawn clippings Inspect site weekly for wind blown debris Trash picked up weekly Immediately clean oil or chemical spills

26 SWQMP Inspections Monthly inspection of structural controls (Storm Trooper) Non structural controls – inspect on a quarterly basis (detention basin) Records must be available for local inspectors SWQP renewal – inspect and complete the Annual Structural Control Certification Form completed by a PE Renewal fees Pumping truck manifest Non compliance ramifications Negative publicity for the university Termination of city utilities (water/sewer)

27 Air Pollution Awareness Houston is the 4 th largest city with the second dirtiest air Only Los Angeles has more ozone action days

28 Pollutants of Concern Criteria Air Pollutants Lead, CO, SOx, PM, VOC s, & NOx VOC s and NOx lead to the formation of ground level ozone and smog Houston is a severe non-attainment area for ozone Sources of NOx and VOC s are limited to 25 tons/year TAC 30 Chapter 117 specifies rules covering boilers and stationary engines used for emergency or standby power

29 Sources Permitted by Rule 30 TAC Chapter 106 Permit by rule Listed in 30 TAC Ch. 106 Covers sources including: Emergency Generators Boilers Print shops Wood working Laboratory Equipment Domestic heating & cooling Refrigeration units Pathological waste incinerators

30 Exempt Source Limitations NOx 25 tpy May require registration with TCEQ Documentation – 12 month rolling averages Pollution limits apply to all sources in contiguous locations – facilities within ¼ mile & under common ownership

31 UTHSC-H s Sources of NOx and VOC s Emergency generators (diesel & LPG) Pathological waste incinerators Boilers Print shop Fire water pump (new student housing) Laboratory chemicals

32 Applicable State Regulations 30 TAC 101, 106, & 117 Chapter 117 Rules Chapter 101 & Federal Permit Rules Chapter 106 Permit by Rule UTHSC-H

33 UTHSC-H s Air Emission Status Texas Medical Center Sources Total NOx PTE tpy Based on federally enforceable limits Set to match Houston/Galveston use limits Emergency generators are limited to either 100 or 52 hours of use in a rolling 12 month period Generator use limits Do not run for routine testing between 6AM and noon Required to fill out use log each time engine starts Applies to fire pump at new student housing

34 In Summary … Facility operations generate hazardous wastes that are generally classified as universal wastes which can be recycled. These waste must be handled and managed using specific procedures outlined in this presentation, in order to prevent harmful releases to the environment and to protect employee health. Facility operations personnel also operate air emission sources regulated by the Texas Clean Air Act, which require annual registrations, and specific procedures in an effort to improve air quality in the Houston Region. If you have any questions about UTHSCH programs to protect the environment, please call

35 Test Questions 1. Emergency generators and fire pump engines must not be run for routine testing between 6am and noon? True / False 2. The emergency generator or fire pump engine use log must be filled out: A When the engine is started for maintenance B When the engine automatically starts for an electrical outage caused by Center Point C When the engine automatically starts due to an electrical outage caused by a thunder storm D All of the above

36 3. What is the phone number to request pickup of facility related hazardous wastes? A B C D In the event of a hazardous material spill to the environment who should be notified? A UT-Police B Environmental Health & Safety C None of the above D Both A & B Test Questions

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